City to River Vi­sion: Have Your Say All feed­back will help form the fi­nal Mas­ter­plan pre­sented to Coun­cil

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The draft plan in­cludes a list of rec­om­men­da­tions that seek to fur­ther ac­ti­vate cen­tral Hor­sham and the river as a key tourism, busi­ness, sport and re­cre­ation as­set for the city. In­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant firms Ur­ban En­ter­prise and Tract have pro­duced the Draft Mas­ter­plan based on public en­gage­ment com­pleted be­tween Jan­uary and March this year. It is a con­cept only with de­tails open to public feed­back, which will be used to form the fi­nal Mas­ter­plan to be pre­sented to Coun­cil­lors in the com­ing months. High­lights of the Mas­ter­plan in­clude a large scale re­de­vel­op­ment of Hor­sham City Oval, the devel­op­ment of a per­ma­nent cafe by the Wim­mera River, a wa­ter splash park and re­designed link­ages be­tween the city and the wa­ter­front. Res­i­dents and other stake­hold­ers can have their say on the draft plan via in­for­ma­tion ses­sions and by lodg­ing sub­mis­sions on­line and in writ­ing. HRCC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Su­nil Bhalla said this Mas­ter­plan pro­vided a clear blue­print for the fu­ture of the cen­tre of Hor­sham. “The City to River Mas­ter­plan is trans­for­ma­tional and ex­cit­ing. With­out a long-term vi­sion and broad par­tic­i­pa­tion by the Hor­sham com­mu­nity, mean­ing­ful change, in­vest­ment and im­prove­ment will not be pos­si­ble,” Mr Bhalla said “Dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion pe­riod we are fo­cused on gather­ing as much feed­back from the com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble, from as broader cross sec­tion as pos­si­ble. We want to know how the ideas might change how peo­ple use and ac­cess the River front and if they think the ideas will im­prove Hor­sham as a des­ti­na­tion for vis­i­tors” Fol­low­ing public ex­hi­bi­tion, a de­tailed ac­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion plan will be pre­pared and, pend­ing en­dorse­ment from Coun­cil­lors, HRCC will seek fund­ing for ma­jor projects in part­ner­ship with other lev­els of Gov­ern­ment.

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